SpokenWord open mic every Monday from 2nd Jan au Chat Noir, Open Secret (the open mic at the Bistrot des Artistes) every Wednesday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do two open mic nights (SpokenWord every Monday, Open Secret every Wednesday) and a writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A monthly podcast of SpokenWord Paris, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the
Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

Open Secret 
Every Wednesday David Leo Sirois hosts his open mic for poetry & song at the Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 75005, métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or St Michel (line 4.) Sign up 8.30pm. Themes annnounced by the mailing list and on facebook. Free.

The Other Writers’ Group
At Shakespeare & Company every Sundays from 8th Jan in 2017

In 2005 I could only find one anglophone writers’ group in Paris and it was at a time I couldn’t make. So I started this one, the other writers’ group. It’s become an excellent feedback workshop running every Sunday. 6.30pm-8.30pm at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Suggested donation 5 euros. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by me, Bruce Sherfield and other regulars. Description Join us afterwards for a drink. Cheers, David Barnes

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Open Secret, 2nite! “What are we?” Featuring…you! :)


Open Secret! That intimate, innovative open mic (now 2 years old!) Wednesdays at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris. At 8pm, nightlong sign-up sparks, then at 9 the fireworks begin…Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). Your own personal lab for experimental spoken & sung words!

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Malik Crumpler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 16th. Theme: Paradox

malikMalik Ameer Crumpler is a poet, rapper and music producer that’s released several albums, short films and five books of poetry.He founded the literary journals: Madmens CallingVisceral Brooklyn and Those That This. He is the new curator/ host of Poets Live, Paris. Crumpler also wrote several musicals, ballets/arias commissioned by Harvest Works, Liberation Dance Theater, Firehouse Space, Panoply Lab, B’AM Paris, B’AM Vancouver, and Double Wei Factory. His new EP, Cloaks & Codes  is produced by Thatmanmonkz, the other half of their duo, Madison Washington. More at www.malikameer.com.

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Open Secret – 2 years old 2nite! Featuring Jalil Belbekri on the Moroccan gembri…


Open Secret’s 2 year B-Day is this evening! That intimate community open mic, Wednesdays underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais in the Latin Quarter. At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9’s your show…Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).

Our theme for this Wednesday is “Make a joyful noise!”  Jalil Belbekri is a master of the Moroccan gembri, & truly knows how to engage an audience…Here’s a listen to Jalil’s music…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZX2frOUKAk
Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/295205030881794/

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Postponed: Kristina Vaughan guest at SpokenWord will be in February

UPDATE: Kristina has lost her voice so her guest spot is postponed. SpokenWord of course will run as usual.

SpokenWord theme – BEGINNINGS

kristina-1Kristina Vaughan is a Parisian songwriter. She learnt classical piano in French conservatoires, honed the craft of singing and songwriting with coach Jessica Saraf (Sanseverino, Calogero) and started giving concerts in 2013, first as a soloist, then in duo and trio setups. Her music is a blend of Anglo-Saxon and European sounds, as she draws inspiration both from her Czech and Italian origins and from important figures of English songwriting (Sinead O’Connor, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice…). In impressionistic tunes reminiscent of broken cliffs, running water and angry skies, the pianist-singer spins yarns about love, hope and engagement with the world, accompanied by cellist-backup singer Marie Potosniak and, successively, drummer Guillaume Valette, beatboxer Skysoul, and drummer Raphaël Meyrier.
Discover her music on www.kristinavaughan.com.

Kristina is also keyboard player and backup singer in French prog rock band Jadallys (www.jadallys.com). In January 2017, she is launching an English lyrics writing workshop for non-native speakers, Naked Lyrics (http://nakedlyrics.wixsite.com/nakedlyrics).


SpokenWord sign up from 8pm, poetics begin underground from 8.30pm
Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes
1 euro entry

Cheers all,
David Barnes

Photos (c) by Sabine Dundure

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The Other Writers’ Group is back (Sunday 8th Jan)

Every Sunday starting tomorrow!
6.30pm – 8.30pm upstairs at Shakespeare & Company
Get feedback on your writing – learn to critique writing – develop as a writer and/or just enjoy the discussion

This is the original creative community out of which much of the current anglophone creative writing community grew, including SpokenWord!

More info here – and a link to a video about it!


David Barnes

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Open Secret, 2nite! “What is joy?” with guest poet Raluca Petrescu!


Open Secret! Intimate open mic, Wednesdays underground
@ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris.
8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 le spectacle!
Theme: “What is joy?” Guest poet Raluca Petrescu!
Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4).
Raluca’s poignant & powerful words acknowledge the presence of great poets of the past, from the classics to the moderns to more contemporary verse, but she creates a language of her own. Thought-provoking & inventive, & ever-affirmative, she recites with the strong emphasis of an actor…all-the-while “making the magical study of happiness,” as Rimbaud would say. Investigating joy…Here she is on the last episode of the series Runaway Poets, by director Steve Nahaj: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNM9IgEmVtc
See invite for more details:
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Raluca Petrescu to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 2nd–Monday’s Theme: Crossing Bridges

screen-againRaluca Petrescu was born in 1990 in Iași, Romania. She integrated the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris in 2012, and finished a MA in Comparative Literature at the Sorbonne, working on Shakespeare, Fernando Pessoa, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. She writes in and translates to and from romanian, french and english. She published poems in The Bastille and the Belleville Park Pages, and literary criticism Rimbaud vivant.

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Very Open Secret, 2nite! “Auld Lang Syne,” featuring Samuél & Aaron Lopez-Barrantes!


Open Secret! A Very Open Mic 😉 Wednesdays underground @ Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è Paris. At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, & at 9 le spectacle! Guest performers: gifted writer/musicians Samuél & Aaron Lopez-Barrantes! Theme: Auld Lang Syne…

Samuél L. Barrantes has lived in Paris, France since 2010. His literary influences include the Coen brothers, JK Rowling, and David Foster-Wallace. His work has appeared in the The International Forum for Logotherapy, SLAM Magazine, Paris Lit Up Magazine and Writer’s Digest. His debut novel, Slim and The Beast (Inkshares, 2015) was also the debut novel for America’s first crowdfunded publishing house. He is currently working on a work of historical fiction set in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Aaron Lopez-Barrantes is a European born singer songwriter who lives and plays full time in New Orleans, Louisiana. His debut record “ALB” was recorded at Fudge Recording Studios in 2013, and his original music has taken him on tour in the US and Europe over last two years.

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Filippa Bahrke to Guest at SpokenWord Paris December 19th–Monday’s Theme: Gifts

photo-filippaFilippa is a 24-year-old native Swede who currently resides in Montmartre. She spent recent years in London earning a degree in English Lit and Creative Writing. Her poems have featured in magazines as well as an anthology, and she is the winner of a South-East London poetry prize. ‘Elsewhere’ is her debut poetry chapbook and is published by Corrupt Press. Beyond the rather obvious theme of wanderlust, it also seeks to interrogate questions such as transnationalism, national identity, and the relationship between self and place.

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Autumn leaves by Sabine Dundure

A selection of moments, snapped by Sabine Dundure, downstairs au Chat Noir…

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